Staff at Princess Grace Hospital are now being rewarded for going green. Workers will be given a bonus for using environmentally friendly modes of transport to get to work, such as bicycles and electric vehicles. As further incentive, the hospital will be installing new bike racks and are making vests available.
“We want to take care of our teams,” said Benoite de Sevelinges, the hospital’s director. “In recent years other bonuses were in place but we wanted to go further. Motivating, encouraging and above all ensuring the safety of the staff is essential.”
More and more staff are choosing eco-friendly transportation options and getting fit in the process. Many are opting to ride the 21km from Nice to Monaco and the trend is growing steadily.
Electric vehicles, including scooters, are also included in the scheme, as the spotlight on sustainability continues to be important in the Principality’s approach to the future.
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After nearly a century in Monaco, the International Hydrographic Organisation will enter its second century under a revised governance structure, with the 1st Session of the IHO Assembly taking place from April 24 to 28, 2017.
Over 300 delegates representing its 85 member states, together with representatives from international and non-governmental organisations and observers from other states and industry will meet in the Auditorium Rainier III.
The IHO is the intergovernmental consultative and technical organisation whose principal aim is to ensure that all the world's seas, oceans and navigable waters are adequately surveyed and charted.
There will be plenty for the IHO Assembly to consider, at a time when mankind is looking ever more closely at the seas and oceans in terms of its environmental impact and its economic resources. Yet, our knowledge of most of the seas and oceans remains relatively poor, the IHO says. There are better maps of the Moon and Mars than for most of the oceans. IHO figures show that less than 15 percent of the deeper ocean waters have been directly measured, while up to 50 percent of the world’s coastal waters have yet to be surveyed.
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Monaco was represented at the Summit of States, which is concerned with the issue of water in the face of climate change, by HE Robert Fillon, Ambassador of Monaco in Italy, on October 23 to 25 in Rome.
The conference, opened by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti, enabled policy makers and experts to discuss in depth the many aspects of this vitally important issue.
In particular, the summit highlighted the importance of the river basin concept, cross-border cooperation for water management based on the principles of equity and sustainability, and appropriate decision-making and financing mechanisms.
The fact that the event took place in Italy emphasises the importance of the topic for the country, which was hit by serious drought this summer. The President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, came to speak in person to offer closing remarks.
The text agreed at the conference will be transmitted on to COP 23, which will take place in Bonn, Germany, from November 7 to 16, to further integrate water issues into more wide-ranging negotiations.